January 27, 2005

Priesthood was preceded by a career in business

Toledo Blade

The Rev. Thomas S. Quinn, 70, former communications director of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo who became a priest nearly 20 years ago after a business career, died of a heart attack Tuesday in the rectory of Blessed Sacrament Parish, of which he was associate pastor.

He was chaplain of the Ursuline Community in Toledo and taught at St. Francis de Sales High School.

As director of communications from 1999 to 2003, Father Quinn often was the public voice and face of the diocese. Much of his last year was spent responding to inquiries about the sexual abuse scandal. Bishop James Hoffman died Feb. 8, 2003, after 22 years leading the 19-county diocese.

"As spokesman, it certainly hasn't been pleasant," he told The Blade in June, 2003.

Posted by kshaw at January 27, 2005 07:46 AM